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SBU Honors Program students present capstone projects

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SBU Honors Program students present capstone projects

BOLIVAR, Mo. — Thirteen students in Southwest Baptist University’s Gordon & Judy Dutile Honors Program presented their Senior Honors Capstone Experience projects during an open house May 7.

Students are admitted to the Honors Program before their freshman year through a competitive process. The program includes nine honors-specific courses designed to provide scholastic enrichment and opportunities for practical application and professional development;  honors colloquium for sophomores and juniors; and the Senior Honors Capstone Experience that allows students to complete a project or research in the student’s field of study, including the integration of faith and discipline.

“They are creating an original work that is scientific, research-based or creative,” said Dr. Allison Langford, director of the Dutile Honors Program. “They are using research skills, going through the scholarly process of analyzing information.”

Students who presented projects are:

• Brandon Burns, son of Edward and Donna Burns of Seligman, “Seymour Glass' Journey to Fulfillment: An Analysis of Cultural Implications in J.D.  Salinger's Short Fiction.”

• Rebekah Dowd, daughter of Mark and Karla Dowd of Hartsburg, “Emerging Adults: America's Future.”

• Gabrielle Hane, daughter of Ronald and Debra Hane of Warrenton.

• Caleb Harris, son of William and Judy Harris of Jackson, “U.S. Central Banking: History, Realities, and Alternatives.”

• Weston Herrington of Carthage, “Analysis of the Impact of ALEKS Learning Tool on Undergraduate Mathematics Students.”

• Timothy Howe, son of Kenneth and Valerie Howe of Lebanon, “Jesus as the Angel of YHWH: A Case for Justification.”

• Ashley Lindsey, daughter of Greg and Michelle Lindsey of Nixa, “Examining the Impact and Effectiveness of Calcium from Dietary and Supplementary Sources.”

• Patrick Mattia, son of the Rev. Anthony and Twila Mattia of Wamego, Kan., “Creating Context: The Value of Experiential Learning.”

• Matthew McEwen, son of  Gary and Laura McEwen of Lee’s Summit, “Integration of Science and Faith at Christian Universities.”

• Lucas McLaughlin, son of Daniel and Martha McLaughlin of St. Joseph, “Ethnodoxology: Christian Missions and Ethnomusicology.”

• Trevor Parrish, son of Donald and Kimberly Parrish of Blue Springs, “Fantasy Memes: The Digital Conversation.”

• Maxie Walker, daughter of  John and Gwendolyn Walker of Ava, “Couture: An Extensive Look Into the History, Design, and Creation of Fine Garments.”

• Annie Wolfe, daughter of Dr. Cindy Wolfe of Potomac, Md., “Cloned: A Story of Science, Ethics, and Religion.”

The Dutile Honors Program started during the fall 2005 semester, with 75 students having completed the program since December 2008.

For more information, contact Langford at (417) 328-2093 or

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